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John Ridley, the creator of ABC’s “American Crime,” won an Oscar two years ago for “12 Years a Slave.” But TV came first for the writer-producer, whose got his start on NBC sitcom “Rhythm & Blues” in 1992. His initial mention in Variety came in 1995, as co-producer of “The John Larroquette Show.”
What was “Larroquette like?
I was there for one season, and it was groundbreaking for me. It was the first time I had a deal. I worked with Mitch Hurwitz, a writer-showrunner who has one of the most creative minds around. “Larroquette” was a challenging show. It was about a recovering alcoholic, set in a bus terminal, with a cast that was black, white, Hispanic. I was also working with (exec producers) Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas; their legacy in this business is close to unrivaled.
What did you learn?
I learned from Mitch’s work ethic. Plus he »
- Tim Gray
"Night Court" star John Larroquette was involved in a brutal car accident that severely injured a reality TV star, who claims he can't get no satisfaction ... from John or his insurance company. The alleged victim is Joe Meinwieser -- a tattoo artist on Oxygen's "Tattoos After Dark" -- and his list of injuries are horrific: broken ribs, fractured spine, fractured hand, and loss of half his kidney. Meinwieser claims Larroquette made an illegal turn out of a Venice, »
- TMZ Staff
Even before he won an Academy Award for "12 Years a Slave," John Ridley had an interesting, eclectic career. He's written for sitcoms ("The John Larroquette Show") and dramas ("Third Watch") and even produced Wanda Sykes' talk show. A decade before "Empire," he created a hip-hop industry drama for Upn called "Platinum." As a novelist, he's written science-fiction ("Those Who Walk in Darkness"), pulp ("Everybody Smokes in Hell") and historical fiction ("A Conversation with the Mann"), among other genres. Whether by design, opportunity, or simply a sense of restlessness — one of the most vivid characters in any of his books is Brain Nigger Charlie from "The Drift," a hobo who can no longer relate to the anchored middle-class existence from which he descended — Ridley has avoided being pigeonholed in a business that tries to do that with everyone, and particularly with artists of color. That sense of ambition and motion »
- Alan Sepinwall
3 items from 2015
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